Tysons, VA

Can you believe it’s halfway through the first month of 2020? Here are the latest stories about the Tysons area that the Tysons Reporter team has been reading:

New Brews Taking Over Mad Fox Space — “The 5,000 square-foot restaurant space in the 400 block of West Broad in Falls Church that was vacated by the closing of the Mad Fox Brewing Company last July will soon be filled with a new brew operation known as Solace Outpost.” [Falls Church News-Press]

Projects Causing Lane Closures Along Route 123 — “One of the projects, scheduled to start Monday, Jan. 13, will cause disruptions on Route 123 around the McLean Metro station… About a mile west from that spot is where the other Route 123 project is located.” [WTOP]

What To Do About the Flu — The fire department has some resources for people who come down with the flu. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue]

Spotlight on Mosaic District — The Washington Post highlighted the Merrifield development for its real estate section. [The Washington Post]

Sneak Peek: Tysons Reporter has information on the tenant that will be filling a soon-to-be-vacant spot in Idylwood Plaza, so check back later today to find out what it is.

Have a great Tuesday and look out for Morning Notes again on Friday.

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Boardroom Salon for Men plans to expand into the D.C. area with two stores — one of which will be located in the Mosaic District.

The men’s grooming company is looking to open at 2920 District Avenue, Suite 165  — next to Fair Trade Winds — in the spring, according to a press release.

“The sophisticated salon features wood paneling, a relaxing lounge with leather chairs and a great atmosphere,” the press release says.

More from the press release:

The Benchmark is the salon’s signature service, which includes: a personal consultation, tailored haircut with precision neck shave, personalized shampoo and conditioning, scalp massage, pressure point facial massage, paraffin hand dip, steamed towel and stress-relieving hand massage…

Boardroom offers clients the opportunity to purchase three-month, six-month or annual memberships, which provides members the freedom of unlimited haircut services, plus 10 percent off all products and complimentary referral Benchmarks to giveaway. Memberships are honored at all Boardroom locations nationwide, making it convenient for frequent business travelers.

The other D.C. area location plans to open in Rockville, Md. in the spring.

Once the stores open, customers can expect the them to be open from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Fridays, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

The Boardroom first opened in 2004 and now has locations in Arizona, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas, according to its website.

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In a few weeks, people can cannonball into an icy poll for a fundraiser in Merrifield.

The Polar Plunge Festival returns to the Mosaic District to raise money for Special Olympics Virginia to provide year-round sports training, competition, leadership opportunities and health services to athletes, according to the event’s website.

It costs $100 to take the plunge. So far, the upcoming event has raised just over $7,000, with a goal of $45,000.

A contest will award the “best-dressed plunger,” according to the Mosaic District website.

The event is set to take place on Saturday (Jan. 25) from 1-4 p.m.

Photo via Plunge Virginia/Facebook

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Neiman Marcus Last Call’s days are numbered at the Mosaic District.

The clearance outlet for the Neiman Marcus chain plans to close its spot at 2905 District Avenue, Suite 100 by Jan. 20, store employees said.

“Entire Store on Sale!” and “Save 50%-75% Entire Store!” signs popped up last Thursday (Dec. 13), an employee said.

Inside the spacious store, shoppers can find designer dresses, handbags, shoes, holiday gift sets, athletic clothes, men’s and women’s clothes and more. The store appeared well-stocked when Tysons Reporter stopped by earlier today (Tuesday). This reporter found a lace blouse from Laundry By Shelli Segal — normally $79 — for $34.50 and $4 bath bombs.

The 50%-75% discounts apply to the lowest price listed on the tags, an employee said.

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Fairfax County police arrested a man they say was unlawfully recording women at Tysons Corner Center.

The incident happened on Saturday (Dec. 14) shortly before 7 p.m.

Police spotted a man, who had previously been banned from the property, “unlawfully recording two women,” according to the crime report.

A 45-year-old man from Maryland was arrested for two counts of unlawful filming and trespassing.

In a separate incident, Fairfax County police are looking for the woman who allegedly stole merchandise from the Target (2905 District Avenue) in the Mosaic District.

The incident occurred shortly before 10 p.m. on Sunday (Dec. 15).

“As the suspect exited the store, she assaulted the loss prevention officer,” police said. “The suspect is described as Hispanic or Asian.”

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(Updated at 4:10 p.m.) With the holidays approaching, there are plenty of events happening around the Tysons area for people looking for some festive fun.

From tree lightings to shopping events, Tysons Reporter compiled a list of events across the community in the coming weeks.

Tysons

Breakfast with Santa will take place on Saturday (Dec. 7) from 8-11 a.m. at level three of Tysons Corner Center. There will be entertainment by “Those Funny Little People” (featured on “America’s Got Talent“), a balloon artist, holiday crafts, free breakfast and Santa.

Tysons Corner Center will also host a Holiday Storytime PJ Party on Thursday (Dec. 12) from 6 to 8 p.m. on level one. There will be storytime, sweet treats and entertainment provided by Dee Vinchey Entertainment. This event is free and open to the public.

Town of Vienna

The Church Street Holiday Stroll takes place on Monday (Dec. 2) this year from 6-8:30 p.m. Santa will arrive on a Vienna Volunteer Fire Department 1946 fire engine and spend the evening visiting with kids around town.

Mayor Laurie DiRocco is set to help Santa light the town’s Christmas tree around 6:20 p.m. at the Freeman Store and Museum (131 Church Street NE). There will be live music throughout the streets and several businesses will be serving hot cocoa and warm beverages.

The town is also hosting a competition encouraging local businesses to put up holiday decorations. The theme is “Home for the Holidays” and all decorations must be put out by Friday (Nov. 29).

McLean

The McLean Woman’s Club is set to host its annual Holiday Homes Tour on Thursday (Dec. 5) from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., highlighting four houses — two at the 6-acre Ballantrae Farm estate and another two on Benjamin Street in Langley Forest. Tickets are $35 and food and drinks will be provided. Guests will also have access to a craft show at Trinity Church. All proceeds go to charity.

The 11th annual McLean WinterFest will take place this year on Sunday (Dec. 1) and feature a parade beginning at 3:30 p.m. between Fleetwood and Elm streets on Old Chain Bridge Road. Beverly Road and Fleetwood Street to Old Chain Bridge Road will be closed to traffic along with the parade routes beginning at 2 p.m. that day.

Falls Church

Nova Lights Chorale will host a free global holiday concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (3439 Payne Street) on Sunday (Dec. 8) at 4 p.m. The performance will feature songs in more than seven languages and from different cultures.

The Annual Lighting of the Trees will take place on Monday (Dec. 2) at Mr. Brown’s Park (W. Broad Street) around 6 p.m. Santa will be in attendance, escorted by the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department. There will be live music from the George Mason High School Chamber Singers and free hot cocoa.

The Holiday Craft Show will take place at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls Street) on Saturday (Dec. 7) from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday (Dec. 8) from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Mosaic District

People can get their selfies with Santa in the street-level lobby of the Target building (2905 District Avenue, Suite 400) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays between Nov. 30-Dec. 23, Friday (Nov. 29) and Monday (Dec. 23).

A Holiday Gift Fair is coming to Mosaic District on Friday (Dec. 6) from 3:30-8:30 p.m. The fair will feature more than 50 vendors selling handmade and vintage goods.

On the same day, people can also watch the Holiday Tree Lighting from 5-7 p.m. in Strawberry Park.

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Autonomous vehicles connecting the Mosaic District to the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro may arrive as soon as next spring.

Earlier this year, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors decided to start a pilot program for self-driving vehicles as a shuttle service. Dominion Energy and the county decided to partner up on the program.

Deputy County Executive Rachel Flynn said at a Bisnow event today (Thursday) that the autonomous vehicles are expected to arrive in the spring or summer.

The vehicles will come from EasyMile, which is based in France, she said.

Flynn also said that the county has received a grant from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, but did not disclose the amount.

Photo via Facebook/EasyMile

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New shops and restaurants are planning to open in Mosaic District.

Shoppers at the mixed-use development in Merrifield can expect a Sephora and Drybar to arrive.

As for food, a Connecticut-based eatery called The Granola Bar is the latest of half of a dozen eateries planning to open, including Neapolitan pizza chain Pupatella and Urban Hot Pot.

Pick your favorite below and tell us in the comments which other ones you are ready for.

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As businesses and restaurants start moving into an apartment building in the Mosaic District, people might notice that the building is absent from the “map view” on Google Maps.

Across the street from the Avalon Mosaic apartment building, the building at 2980 District Avenue has a sign indicating its apart of the Modera apartment building and is

Switch from bird’s-eye view to street or satellite views and the building does appear.

Typing in an address at the building will result in a pin getting dropped at the appropriate, building-less spot on the map.

While “map view” doesn’t have the building, it does show Penny Lane Park.

The expanding educational center Kumon recently opened in the building earlier this year.

Neapolitan pizza chain Pupatella, Korean BBQ chain Gyu Shige and Urban Hot Pot all have signs indicating they will occupy ground-floor space.

The Mosaic District’s website shows the building on its retail and restaurant map.

First and second maps via Google Maps; third map via Mosaic District

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Locals can learn about human trafficking prevention in McLean next week — just days after Fairfax County police busted an alleged sex trafficking ring in the Mosaic District.

Police arrested two Falls Church residents and charged them with felony sex trafficking in connection with a sex trafficking operation run out of the Avalon Mosaic after police raided one of the units, Fox 5 reported yesterday.

“Police did not say whether they identified any sex trafficking victims,” the story said.

Juemin Luo, 35, bonded out of jail, while Feng Ni, 32, is being held without bond, according to Fox 5.

At a meeting next Thursday (Oct. 10), the Citizens Advisory Committee for the McLean Police District Station will focus on ways to identify and prevent human trafficking.

Police told Tysons Reporter that the topics for the regularly scheduled Citizens Advisory Committee meetings are often determined a month in advance.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the McLean Governmental Center (1437 Balls Hill Road) and is open to the public.

Attendees will also be able to learn about resources for people who are victims of human trafficking.

Hat tip to Michael O’Connell

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